- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Carolina fans, it's time to start loving the quarterback you love to hate.
Consider that final proof -- as they said all along -- that the Panthers are committed to Delhomme. Also, consider it proof that they weren't sniffing around J.P. Losman, despite some reports to the contrary.
Ever since Delhomme threw five interceptions in a playoff loss to Arizona, a lot of people were assuming the Panthers would bring in another quarterback and dump Delhomme. But none of those people were coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney.
Like it or not, they have, and always have had, a strong sense of loyalty to Delhomme. The new deal makes that stronger than ever and it's now a safe bet the Panthers won't be drafting a quarterback this weekend.
If that plan works out, great. If not, blame Fox and Hurney. They could have elected to listen to popular opinion and gone in a different the direction. They didn't.
One way or another, the decision to leave the wagon hitched to Delhomme is going to write a very important chapter in the history of this regime.